Werner Dörnbrack

Werner Dörnbrack

Werner Dörnbrack
Born 29 February 1916
Died 16 March 1981(1981-03-16) (aged 65)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1936–1945
Rank Major
Unit LG 2
SG 2
SG 4
Commands held SG 4

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Werner Dörnbrack (29 February 1916 – 16 March 1981) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Werner Dörnbrack was captured by American troops in May 1945, he was later turned over to Soviet forces before escaping. During his career he flew 1118 missions.[Note 1]


  • Awards and decorations 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces
  2. ^ According to Scherzer as Staffelkapitän of the 6.(S)/Lehrgeschwader 2.[2]


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 163.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 276.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 92.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe 1941 – 1945 Volume II Dive Bomber and Attack Aircraft] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann.  
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2 Awards.com
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Alfred Druschel
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 4
3 January 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by